Like the electro that preceded it, house music was an electronic genre that began life stateside in the 1980’s. Originating from Chicago, early house music was heavily influenced by disco, electro, and electronic pop – but what characterised it as a genre of music in its own right was the repetitive 4/4 rhythms and minimal nature of the songs.
Although Hip-House was the first attempt at combining house tempos with breakbeats, it proved to be a short lived fad that had completely fizzled out by early 1990. It wouldn’t be until UK producers began experimenting with drums that the potential for breakbeat based warehouse music was properly explored.
It’s funny how sometimes local scenes can pop up and exist within their own little bubble. One such scene was ‘Bleep N Bass’ which originated from Northern English cities such as Leeds, Bradford, and Sheffield.
Trust the Europeans to take something and make it more efficient. Whilst the Techno that originated out of Detroit was about groove and soul, the continental take on Techno music was all about the polar opposite – energy and drive.
Back in the late 1970’s, New York DJ’s such as Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataa had developed a novel way of extending the percussive breaks of popular songs by using two copies of the same record and two turntables to create a continuous loop of the beats.
It’s fair to say that the internet has had a massive impact on the music industry. From the way we listen, share, buy, promote, and discover… the whole music experience has been fundamentally changed, and Drum & Bass was no exception to this.